Brad Smith is president of the newly launched Candid, formed by the merger of the Foundation Center and GuideStar. Before joining the Foundation Center in 2008, Brad was president of the Oak Foundation, a family foundation with international programs based in Geneva, Switzerland. He has devoted his entire career to the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors, working for many years in Latin America. His longest tenure has been at the Ford Foundation, where he started as a program officer in its Brazil office and went on to develop the Foundation's Peace and Social Justice Program. He spent ten years as vice president of the program distributing hundreds of millions of dollars to organizations around the world working on issues of human rights, international cooperation, governance, and civil society.
Brad holds an M.A. in economics from the New School for Social Research in New York and a B.A. in anthropology and ethnomusicology from the University of Michigan.